Knitting Away the Pain

I just had surgery to remove a kidney stone. I call it mega stone. It was about 12x8mm and stuck in my left kidney. The surgeon had to blast mega stone with a laser before he could extract it. Now I have a stent. Stent is no fun at all. Stent goes from my kidney, down through my ureter and into my bladder and causes massive bladder spasms. I cant sleep because I constantly have to pee. It hurts all the time. So Im knitting…

Ive started like 3 new projects in the last couple days, plus I began a couple hats last week that will be Christmas gifts. The hats are fairly simple, so they are great for the mindless oxycodone-haze knitting. Then yesterday, after not sleeping for over 24 hours I started a pair of Charmed Fingerless Mitts for one of my daughter’s fabulous teachers. They are super cute in thos bright pink Tosh DK yarn in coquette:

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The photo doesnt do the color justice, but believe me, its amazing.

Then the kiddo saw that I was knitting ruffly fingerless gloves, and I showed her another pattern I liked and almost knit for her teacher…well the kiddo freaked out over them and I cast on a pair of Belle Ruffle Gloves for her late last night.

Im also working on a hat for my Chemo Angel who recently lost all her hair. Im using the pattern Frais in a yarn I recieved in the Baby Swap on ravelry. The yarn is by Round Mountian Fibers, and I am LOVING how the colors are knitting up:

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Chemo Angels is a fabulous organization where you get paired up with a person undergoing cancer treatment, and your job is to send them uplifting cards, letters, and other goodies. Ive been doing it for years, and I also participate in Senior Angels, which is basically the same except you get paired with a senior to send mail to. I currently have both a Chemo Angel and a Senior Angel and I realy enjoy the program. I encourage anyone reading this to check it out and think about volunteering.

I dont think I will cast on anything more today, as I now have 3 hats and 2 pairs of fingerless gloves going, but I am trying to figure out the Christmas knitting situation. Im tempted to do some more mitts for my SILs, but that would be 3-4 more pairs to whip up. Plus I am working on a baby dress for the current Baby Swap group…

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About zenren

I am in my mid-thirties, and blissfully married to a guy named Dave with whom I have a 15 year old daughter named Anela, and she is my world. I'm the RN Clinical Nurse Manager of a Transitional Care Unit where I work extremely hard to make my nurses and my patients happy. I knit shawls, and hats, and baby sweaters. I obsessively use Burt's Bees lip balm. I love spending weekends on our little slice of lake in northern Minnesota, and laying in the grass near the bonfire on a cool spring night with the kiddo watching for shooting stars while eating gooey s'mores with sticky fingers. I enjoy wrapping up in over-sized, snuggly warm sweaters in the autumn and going for walks with the smell of fallen leaves and trees blazing with color. I read a lot of self-help books. I frequently do not answer my cell phone. My husband adores me because of my quirks, not in spite of them, and I do my best to appreciate that. Im learning to meditate, and have a weakness for a good cup of tea. My nephew is adoreable, and brings me so much joy. I knit to wind down, stay sane, and create beautiful things.
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